-According to the world’s foremost linguist Professor Noam Chomsky;

-A language is not just words. It’s a culture, a tradition, a unification of a   community, a whole history that creates what a community is.

-It’s all embodied in a language.

That is why I reject this most absurd notion that one can be Igbo yet ignorant of Igbo language. In the past, due to disease called “Colonial mentality” whose side effects include iberiberism and inferiority complex; some of our people accepted the idea that the inability to interact with members of the Igbo community with asusu Igbo, was somehow cool and a sign of sophistication and even intellect.

Some of our elders and custodians of culture who should’ve spoken up, bought into that idiotic narrative. We must now challenge and reverse the trend because according to UNESCO, Igbo language is now an endangered language and will become extinct in the near future, if nothing is done to encourage younger Igbo generations to speak Igbo.

We shouldn’t be shocked that our of the 3 main languages in Nigeria, only our own is marked for extinction. We have ourselves to blame, the same trend can be seen in other aspects of our heritage.

When you attempt to change things, you’ll encounter opposition from educated illiterates who throw infantile tantrums whenever they’re called out for doing their best to destroy our cultural heritage in the name of modernity. Irrespective of your socioeconomic status, educational attainment, place or country of residency and so on, teach your children to speak Asusu Igbo with pride.

It doesn’t and won’t stop them learning 5 other languages and writing excellent English like myself who left Igboland around 17 or 18 but still speak fluent Igbo unapologetically because I was raised to be proud not ashamed of my Igbo-African heritage. Udo

source: Igbo Amaka

According to the world’s foremost linguist Professor Noam Chomsky; A language is not just words. It’s a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. It’s all embodied in a language.” That is why I reject this most absurd notion that one can be Igbo yet ignorant of Igbo language. In the past, due to disease called “Colonial mentality” whose side effects include iberiberism and inferiority complex; some of our people accepted the idea that the inability to interact with members of the Igbo community with asusu Igbo, was somehow cool and a sign of sophistication and even intellect. Some of our elders and custodians of culture who should’ve spoken up, bought into that idiotic narrative. We must now challenge and reverse the trend because according to UNESCO, Igbo language is now an endangered language and will become extinct in the near future, if nothing is done to encourage younger Igbo generations to speak Igbo. We shouldn’t be shocked that our of the 3 main languages in Nigeria, only our own is marked for extinction. We have ourselves to blame, the same trend can be seen in other aspects of our heritage. When you attempt to change things, you’ll encounter opposition from educated illiterates who throw infantile tantrums whenever they’re called out for doing their best to destroy our cultural heritage in the name of modernity. Irrespective of your socioeconomic status, educational attainment, place or country of residency and so on, teach your children to speak Asusu Igbo with pride. It doesn’t and won’t stop them learning 5 other languages and writing excellent English like myself who left Igboland around 17 or 18 but still speak fluent Igbo unapologetically because I was raised to be proud not ashamed of my Igbo-African heritage. Udo!

Posted by Igbo Amaka on Friday, June 7, 2019